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FINALLY.

The Obama Administration announced today that Bayard Rustin, the “lost prophet” of the Civil Rights Movement, will be posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the US’s highest civilian award. Rustin was, among many things, a key advisor to MLK, Jr. and primary organizer of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom (which marks its 50th anniversary in a few weeks). He had been largely written out of the Movement’s history because of his homosexuality. 

This is Tumblr’s moment. It’s almost equivalent to when Truman realized that he could address the nation directly on television to make a presidential address – here’s a new form of media to reach an audience.

Gregory Galant, as quoted in For pols, Tumblr is trending - Kevin Cirilli - POLITICO.com

OK this may be a bit of an overstatement but it’s nice to see Tumblr’s significance in the political space acknowledged outside of the election media frenzy. Watch this space, more good things to come!

election:

TUMBLING THE INAUGURATION
To top off this election season, Tumblr has dispatched journalist Ari Melber to file a series of interviews, pictures, and stories from people celebrating the 57th Presidential Inauguration. Click below to read the first of the series, in which the leading expert on Presidential Inauguration history explains the significance of having both Beyonce and James Taylor perform, why Obama’s first inaugural address was disappointing, and other traditions to look out for on Monday.
In addition to following our coverage here, you can get in on the action from afar by submitting to NPR’s “Dear Mr. President” (your message to Obama could be featured on the air!) and taking your very own photo with POTUS on GoldRun’s special Inauguration Tumblr. 
And, if you happen to be participating in the festivities on the ground in DC, please submit your photos/commentary here and be part of Tumblr’s community coverage!
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Join me in living vicariously through Ari Melber and other lucky Tumblrers in DC this weekend. Stay warm, guys!

election:

TUMBLING THE INAUGURATION

To top off this election season, Tumblr has dispatched journalist Ari Melber to file a series of interviews, pictures, and stories from people celebrating the 57th Presidential Inauguration. Click below to read the first of the series, in which the leading expert on Presidential Inauguration history explains the significance of having both Beyonce and James Taylor perform, why Obama’s first inaugural address was disappointing, and other traditions to look out for on Monday.

In addition to following our coverage here, you can get in on the action from afar by submitting to NPR’s “Dear Mr. President” (your message to Obama could be featured on the air!) and taking your very own photo with POTUS on GoldRun’s special Inauguration Tumblr. 

And, if you happen to be participating in the festivities on the ground in DC, please submit your photos/commentary here and be part of Tumblr’s community coverage!

Read More

Join me in living vicariously through Ari Melber and other lucky Tumblrers in DC this weekend. Stay warm, guys!

At one point I even had a Facebook friend asking me to sign my own petition ….

For all those who think signing a petition is like writing a letter to Santa Claus, you’re wrong. Of course, you should keep reading books, go for a run, anything that keeps you healthy and sharp … but know that social media changes people’s lives.

The extraordinary story of a movement that went from the Tumblr dashboard to the White House. By David Glynn, today on Storyboard

Will Obama’s Second Cabinet Be Less Diverse Than His First?

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By JORDAN FABIAN

Will President Obama’s second cabinet have less women and minorities than his first one? That’s becoming increasingly more likely with this week’s selection of Chuck Hagel to head the Defense Department.

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Does Obama need us to send him a binder full of women? For a team that’s already been criticized as being too insular - not to mention an administration that put women’s issues and immigration at the top of its reelection agenda - the exodus of women from the cabinet and the influx of white male insiders is discouraging, to say the least.